Robert Brown, 5 February 1969, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. A former member of New Edition, Brown emerged in the late 80s as the king of swingbeat, the fusion of hip-hop beats and soul vocals also referred to as new jack swing. Like many of the genres stars, Brown is not gifted with either huge ability or personality, yet he stamped his authority on the scene via a series of immaculately presented crossover singles. On his debut album he was joined by Larry Blackmon and John Luongo, but it was the follow-up set, and the seamless production technique of Teddy Riley and L.A. And Babyface, that pushed him high in the R&B and pop charts. Cuts such as the US number 1 single My Prerogative were infectious, irresistible workouts, confirming Browns presence as a commercial hot potato. Further US Top 5 singles included Roni, Every Little Step, On Our Own, and Humpin Around, while a...
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